Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Kiss-in held at Brighton Sainsbury's after lesbian couple thrown out of store

rexfeatures_4198380f.jpg

Members of the public attended a kiss-in at a Sainsbury's in Brighton yesterday in protest over a gay couple who were told to leave the store after exchanging a kiss on Saturday.

Hundreds took part in the event and the aisles of the supermarket were full of protesters kissing each other. Crowds headed to the New England Street branch in Brighton around 6pm yesterday and entered the shop around 6.30pm for the demonstration. 

The protest was organised by the University of Sussex's student union after student Annabelle Paige and her girlfriend were told to leave Sainsbury's by a security guard who had received a complaint from another customer. 

The 22-year-old student told The Times: "I gave her a very brief light kiss, in no way was it like we were standing in the middle of Sainsbury’s making out.

"Out of the blue this security guard comes up to us and says that we can either leave and take it outside or continue our shop without being affectionate – as it was making other customers uncomfortable."

Sainsbury's later apologised for the incident, stating that it should never have happened and offered a donation to charity of Annabelle's choice.

Members of the public hold kiss-in at Sainsbury's after gay couple ejected from store

Two men at the kiss-in at Sainsbury's

However, in a statement speaking before the protest, Michael Segalov, communications officer at the SU, said Sainsbury's apology and offer to donate £100 to charity was an inadequate response.

"Tomorrow will be a show of strength and togetherness from the Brighton community, at which we will show that there is no place for homophobia in our community.

"We call on Sainsbury's to take their responsibilities seriously, and display a serious commitment to the cause that they claim to support. Come down and join the hundreds of us tomorrow in Brighton for a celebration of affection, no matter who they are."

During the protest, attendee Fiona Spechter told the Guardian: “[it] made me realise how I can take it for granted that I can hold my girlfriend’s hand in public. I’ve lived in Brighton for a long time and it’s normal here, so when something like this happens, it’s really shocking.”

While Sainsbury's issued a statement saying they were more than happy to hold the event, shopper Sonja Turner was apologised to for any inconvenience caused, to which she replied that the shop “don’t get it. It’s been the best shopping experience I’ve ever had.”

Related

rexfeatures_955727et.jpg

Bob Geldof on why he blames himself for Peaches' death

thumbnail.jpg

Shop the high street in this week's Style List

rexfeatures_1061695ac.jpg

Chris Noth on the "flawed" film and his opinion of 'wh**e' Carrie

Comments

More

Lily Allen reveals she suffered from PTSD following son's stillbirth

She was attacked online trolls shortly after the admission

by Kayleigh Dray
27 Feb 2017

Watch the hilarious 2017 Oscars edition of Celebrity Mean Tweets

“Go f**k yourself, Ryan Gosling”

by Kayleigh Dray
27 Feb 2017

Emma Stone has her say on that awkward La La Land mix up

“I don’t mean to start stuff, but…”

by Kayleigh Dray
27 Feb 2017

The best non-romantic couples at the 2017 Oscars

From friends, to mums, to siblings

by Kayleigh Dray
27 Feb 2017

Why ‘The Salesman’ speech was one of the most important of the Oscars

Iranian-American Anouseh Ansari delivered a powerful critique of Trump’s travel ban on behalf of director Asghar Farhadi.

by Moya Crockett
27 Feb 2017

Jennifer Aniston tears up as she remembers lost friends at the Oscars

“All were loved, and all will be missed”

by Kayleigh Dray
27 Feb 2017

Viola Davis’ empowering speech completely stole the show at the Oscars

She’s the first black actor to win an Oscar, Emmy, and a Tony

by Kayleigh Dray
27 Feb 2017

The best behind-the-scenes Instagrams from the Oscars 2017

Pre-party pampering, post-win celebrations and obligatory bathroom selfies

by Moya Crockett
27 Feb 2017

Emma Stone uses Oscars 2017 dress to make powerful feminist statement

The Best Actress winner decided it was time to get political on the red carpet

by Kayleigh Dray
27 Feb 2017

Helen Mirren on lacking confidence and self-esteem

“I thought I looked stupid when I smiled”

by Amy Swales
24 Feb 2017